Today with Kara

Don’t Pull The Plug September 22, 2017

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Last Halloween, we hosted a giant party for friends and family. (I am not on Team Devil, I am on Team Cooperate-With-Your-Boss) 😉 Most of the decorations were homemade and very cute. One particular area was that of lizards, frogs, and snakes in jars. We used those soak-and-grow toys which get much bigger when they sit in water.

Today, my mind is grabbing that concept to work out something that the Holy Spirit is teaching me. These toys represent us. The children of God. We soak freely in His presence, and we are filled with Him. The longer we spend time with Jesus, the more we are saturated with His nature and goodness.

The drain on the tub is covered by a stopper called “Grace”. When negativity, complaining, whining, and criticism try to pull out our plug, we simply must keep a tight seal on the basin with the grace of God.NewChic.comNewChic.com

Eventually, we become so swollen with the Holy Spirit, that we can be placed in any situation and be squeezed tightly. Whatever we have filled ourselves with is what will flow out to the world around us. Jesus. Even if we are knocked around and handled wrongly, the Kingdom comes out everywhere we go. It really is a beautiful and wonderful thing to be filled with Him!

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Eventually, however, we need to get back in the tub and rest. Soak. Be still and know. Ask God to pour out His Spirit and fill you to overflowing. This is the rest of God for His children.

Be blessed. Rest in Him. Jesus loves you so.

 

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Bottoms Up June 6, 2014

Have you ever coaxed a sweaty, over-heated toddler from their play for a drink of water? One of three results usually occur:

A. They completely ignore you, silently declaring that what they are doing is more important.

B. Begrudgingly they take a swig, making it clear that it is only because they are forced.

C. They grab the cup with both hands, gulp noisily much of the water, and look at you breathlessly for admiration for obedience.

Obviously, you didn’t offer a drink for your own benefit…apart from your concern for their well-being. It was for their own good. Without water they can not function properly, will get sick, and eventually die. Your providing vital life-sustaining is an act of self-less love.

It is healthy growth where a child realizes that water is important, good for them, and a necessary part of life. Hopefully they will learn to quench their own thirst with H2O without someone waving a sippy cup and begging them to partake.

Consequently, we don’t do God any favors by connecting with him. It is a privilege. A vital, life-giving privilege. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.

 

Beautiful – MercyMe March 7, 2013

You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS.

 

Romans 12:5

Romans 12:5, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

Romans 12:5

Romans 12:5, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

RESTORE // The Film – Part 1

I love this concept beyond words.

I don’t love fellow humans being called “The least of these.” It reminds me of how my old church branded people as “bus kids” for life because they were reached through the bus ministry. It carried an unfair stigma.

I still love this video.

 

Desires

Desires, originally uploaded by Xapa.